The recent news that the World Health Organisation is to classify gaming disorder as an official mental health condition has received many angry responses on the internet.
The eleventh edition of the International Classification of Diseases is due to be published in 2018 and will include gaming disorder as a serious health condition.
The diagnostic manual was last updated in 1990, 27 years ago.
The New Scientist reported the criteria that will be used by professionals in order to assess whether a person is suffering from a gaming disorder.
Vladimir Poznyak, a member of the WHO’s Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse explained that while many people who play video games don’t have a disorder, excessive playing can have an adverse effect on one’s mental health.
The announcement has received an enormous response, with many questioning whether gaming disorder should be considered as a serious health condition at all.